• Strengthening Michigan's ornamental horticulture industry

    Published on September 5, 2023
    The Michigan State University (MSU) Extension ornamental horticulture team aims to provide greenhouse, nursery and Christmas tree growers with information to reduce the risks and increase production efficiency.

  • Christmas Tree Planting Guide (E3481)

    Published on August 8, 2023
    This MSU Extension bulletin briefly discusses ways to improve the survival rate, hasten the establishment, and increase the growth of newly transplanted Christmas trees.

  • Farmland Use in Michigan

    Published on June 30, 2023
    This brief analysis considers land use in the State of Michigan. The primary focus is on farmland and the different crops that are supported on that land.

  • Weed Control in Christmas Trees - E3237

    Published on June 20, 2023
    This publication is a guide to assist Christmas tree growers in the selection of weed control management options and tools.

  • Alternatives to Blue Spruce: Top Conifers for Michigan Landscapes

    Published on April 30, 2023
    Homeowners and landscapers are often searching for alternative conifers to replace blue spruce trees. This resource lists medium to large conifers adapted to Michigan soils and climate, which can fulfill many of the same landscape functions as blue spruce.

  • The Anatomy of a Soil Test Report

    Published on March 9, 2023
    A summary of how to understand a soil test report to help you best understand and analyze the results to make effective farm management and soil fertility decisions.

  • Michigan Christmas Tree Pest Management Guide

    Published on March 7, 2023
    A comprehensive guide for Christmas tree pest management from insects to diseases to protecting pollinators.

  • A Field Guide To Soil Sampling

    Published on October 13, 2022
    Soil sampling is a foundational step to make effective farm management and soil fertility decisions. This step-by-step field guide is a summary of best practices and recommendations for composite soil sampling to help you do just that.

  • Alternatives to Glyphosate for Weed Control in Christmas Tree Production

    Published on July 31, 2022
    Due to development of glyphosate-resistant weeds and perceived issues related to the impact of glyphosate on human health, many growers desire alternative approaches to managing weeds.

  • Biology & Control of Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) in Michigan Christmas Tree Production

    Published on July 12, 2022
    Canada thistle is a major problem in Michigan Christmas tree production. It spreads quickly in a single season. This bulletin will help growers identify Canada thistle and develop management strategies for regulating it in their production systems.